UPDATE: West Main Street reopened after firefighters, RG&E respond to gas leak

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — West Main Street near South Washington Street in downtown Rochester has been reopened after a natural gas leak Tuesday morning.

A natural gas pipe ruptured, causing a leakage, during construction on South Washington Street between West Main and Broad streets, according to the Rochester Fire Department, which responded shortly after 9 a.m. The natural gas traveled north and into the basements of 140 W. Main St., 130 W. Main St., and 1 S. Washington St. Rochester firefighters found areas with a substantial amount of natural gas within those structures; firefighters and police then evacuated those three buildings and closed off West Main between South Washington Street and Plymouth Avenue.

Rochester Gas & Electric was called to the scene to deal with the leak, and firefighters used fans to ventilate the affected buildings. People were returning to the buildings by 11:26 a.m.

No injuries were reported, say firefighters.